August 16, 2019

Around the dial

That little girl has no idea of how historic the image on that TV is. The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. What other kinds of historic notes do we have this week?

First, a reminder that yours truly is one of the guests on Dan Budnick's Eventually Supertrain podcast; we continue our review of the Warner Bros. detective series Bourbon Street Beat, starring Richard Long, Andrew Duggan, Van Williams, and Arlene Howell. You won't want to miss the other segments either; my friend Amanda looks at Masquerade, while Amy the Conqueror talks about Eerie, Indiana.

At The Twilight Zone Vortex, Jordan takes a fond look back at Gamma, the 1963-64 sci-fi magazine that, as Jordan says, was "a showcase for the writers of The Twilight Zone." Some good stuff there.

The tenth-season episode "Triumph" by Arthur A. Ross is the latest installment of The Hitchcock Project by Jack at bare-bones e-zine. Ed Begley and Jeannette Nolan star, and because I haven't seen this episode yet I'm not going to read any further.

At The Horn Section, Hal is back in the thick of Love That Bob! with "Bob Meets Miss Sweden." We all know that Bob has an eye for the trim ankle, and it's hard to beat the real-life Miss Sweden, Ingrid Goude. Bob has competition though, in the form of Gordon Scott, the real-life Tarzan.

Inner Toob has a delightful collection of colorized photos with Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick, cavorting with a bevy of beauties who appeared with him on Maverick. As Toby says, there may be any number of Maverick descendants roaming the world of TV land.

I vaguely remember The Interns, a 1970-71 series on CBS; we didn't move to the World's Worst Town™ until 1972, so it's possible I saw it. Just in case, Television Obscurities refreshes our memories with this retro review of the episode "Miss Knock-A-Bout."

At A Shroud of Thoughts, Terence has a very nice write-up on one of my favorite OTR programs, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. (Isn't that a great name?) We're probably most familiar with the Bob Bailey-led episodes, but the show has a rich history both before and after the Bailey era.

As I mentioned a while back, circumstances prevent us from going to the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention this year, but after reading this preview by the convention's major domo, Martin Grams, you'll see why it's such a great time. TV  


  1. Having heard tapes of some episodes of the radio version, I think "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar" could have been a successful television series.

    1. I agree with you. I read somewhere that there was concern Bob Bailey didn't look tough or rugged enough to play the role on television, but you can never tell how much truth is in that. I know that he had at one time a drinking problem which he eventually overcame, but I don't know whether or not that would have had anything to do with it.

  2. Somewhat Belatedly:
    This post-Thanksgiving weekend, I happened to notice what I'm about to describe, and I've been ex post facto posting about it anywhere I can:
    Bob Bailey made what were his final TV acting appearances during the '62-'63 season, playing one of the rotating judges on Sam Benedict, a one-season lawyer show that fell to Jackie Gleason's comeback show that year.
    Attorney Sam Benedict was played by Edmond O'Brien.
    Coincidence? You be the judge (so to speak).


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